How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:9-16 (NIV)
Do you want to keep your way pure? Do you want to live a life that is pleasing to me? Yes, I want to keep my way pure. Yes, I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. What must I do to keep my way pure and live a life that is pleasing to you? That is a good question. I will let you answer that question. I thought you might say that. Then you were not surprised. No, I was not. Go ahead, I’m listening. I will start off my saying what will not work. I will tell you what I have tried and failed at miserably. Trying harder will not work. No amount of better effort on my part will keep my way pure. Relying on myself will not make me able to keep my way pure or live a life that is pleasing to you. How do you know this to be true? This has been my experience. These efforts have brought nothing but discouragement and defeat and even depression to me. As long has my focus has been on myself and my efforts, I have lived with one failure after another. That’s not good. No, it’s not.
What has changed for you? How are you now keeping your way pure and living a life that is pleasing to me? I have taken my eyes off myself. My focus is now on you. I am seeking you with all my heart. And this is not self-effort. You have been fanning this flame of desire in me. You have been helping me to seek you with all my heart. It pleases me that you recognize the work I have been doing in you. How have you been seeking me? Where have you been meeting with me? I have been meeting with you in your word. I have been meditating on your word. I have been hiding your word in my heart. Your word has been changing my heart, transforming my mind, and guarding and guiding my life. None of my thoughts or words or actions have been left untouched by your word. Your word has been allowing me to think your thoughts, speak your words, and take your actions. We have lived together in a back-and-forth dialogue about your word and what you have been teaching me. So, I have come to value your word as more valuable than any riches in this world. I have great joy in meeting with you in your word. I am greatly encouraged by how you have been and are continuing to help me to keep my way pure and live a life that is pleasing to you. That is very good. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I want to keep my way pure. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. I will seek you with all my heart. I will hide your word in my heart. Daily, I will meditate on your word. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Amen
Key Question… Why is it critically important that you hide God’s word deeply in your heart and mind?
Living It Out… Make it your daily practice to hide God’s word in your heart.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God’s word will keep your way pure as you hide it in your heart.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are hiding God’s word in your heart.
Prayer To Bless Others… May your way be kept pure as you live your life according to God’s word.
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